Hope Corps

High school students 16 to 18 are invited to join the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Hope Corps program in support of its mission of "Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope."

Hope Corps is a semester long internship program for high school students seeking leadership and non-profit volunteer experience and may serve as a reference for future job and school applications. The program will engage students in activities to expand community awareness about the issue of hunger, develop their leadership skills, and assist them in making contacts within the non-profit community.


“My experience with Hope corps taught me many valuable lessons about life, it is better to give than to receive,” said Selena Diaz, Hope Corps graduate. “I will continue to go and volunteer because I want to help make a difference and stop world hunger.”

Internship Sessions:

  • The application deadline for the summer internship session is May 12! The application and reference letter needs to be postmarked by the application deadline. Click here to fill out the internship application.
    • There will be a mandatory orientation on May 23. The spring semester runs May 31 through August 19. 

Hope Corps members commit to working a minimum of one major 4-hour volunteer shift each week.

  • Summer Semester shift times:
    • Wednesday evening, 5:45 - 9:00 p.m.
    • Thursday evening Rock n' Box, 5:45 - 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday morning, 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday afternoon, 12:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Each session will include:

  • Training and overseeing volunteer groups in various projects at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  
  • Learning how to measure the impact of your work on the issue of hunger in Oklahoma. 
  • Building and gaining skills in leaderships, customer service, networking, and teamwork.

Click here to fill out the internship application.

Reference Form

Along with the application, you need to have one reference form completed and sent in (via e-mail or traditional mail). Please select a qualified individual who knows you from a leadership experience. Direct them to this website to download, complete, and submit the reference form.  Click here for the reference form.

For more information contact Kristin Mercado, Hope Corps Coordinator & AmeriCorps Member, at 405-972-1111 ext. 231 or kmercado@regionalfoodbank.org